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Science and Engineering Library Support for Early Career Researchers

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The Science and Engineering Teaching and Learning Support Team within the Library provide support sessions to all Early Career Researchers encompassing broader research/information literacy skills. We offer a set of 5 face-to-face sessions, which all students at the Faculty can attend. 

Below are the sessions available, all bookable through: https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php

If you are not from the Faculty of Science and Engineering but want to attend a session, please do, but be aware that your own Teaching and Learning Support team are running similar sessions which will be focusing on your needs AND that examples in the sessions will gear towards Science and Engineering.

For more information, email: library-sande@qmul.ac.uk


RD112 - Research it! : Research skills for Science and Engineering

Suitable for all new and early-career researchers, including PhD students and research staff, within the Faculty of Science & Engineering who are interested in exploring and developing their understanding of information and research skills and the scope of key resources within their area of research.

This session is designed to be highly interactive and participant driven -  If there are aspects of your interest in this subject that are not included in the session coverage shown below, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian, James Soderman (j.soderman@qmul.ac.uk) and he make every effort to incorporate them into the session.

 

Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the holistic processes around research, including discovery, evaluation and management of information
  • Broaden their search scope to include a multitude of information sources
  • Actively evaluating and selecting high-quality information resources
  • Device plans for the management of information

 

Feedback from previous participants

"Very good course for starting PhD students"

"Excellent lesson content, it is really useful for researchers"

 

Privided by: Library Services

Duration: 2 hours


RD015 - Lets search it! Search skills for Science and Engineering

Let’s search it! provides a deeper exploration of some of the topics covered in Research it! and takes a comprehensive look into the skills and resources which can be used for a successful (re)search experience. Suitable for all new and early-career researchers, including PhD students and research staff within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, who are interested in developing their search skills. This session is designed to be highly interactive and participant driven.

Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Plan a good search, using appropiate search techniques
  • Exploit databases successfully
  • Troubleshoot results retrieved from databases
  • Recognise the usefulness of the inclusion of grey literature and open access material

 

Feedback from previous participants

"It's really helpful, I really learned a lot."

"The search exercises were useful to get comfortable with the material."

 

Provided by: Library Service

Duration: 2 hours


RD004 - Endnote for Science and Engineering

This is a skills workshop suitable for academic staff and post graduate teaching or research assistants in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, who are interested in using the referencing system Endnote.

Objectives

By the end of the session, the participants will be able to:
  • Create a new library within Endnote
  • Populate Endnote with some references
  • Organise references within Endnote
  • Import references into Word documents from Endnote
  • Perform Basic Editing of Endnote records

 

Feedback from previous participants:

"It was my first session about Endnote. I got introduction, its features, how to use it in different ways."

"Learned a new tool to organise my references and help me easier to insert references in my document"

 

Provided by: Library Services

Duration: 2 hours


RD023 - Mendeley It! Using Mendeley to manage your references

With the Mendeley Reference Manager, you can easily organize and search your personal library, annotate documents and cite as you write. The session will mainly be geared towards Science and Engineering students.
The session will centre around the web version. Please bring a laptop with Mendeley pre-installed, if you do want to follow along when I go through a few features of the desktop version. The desktop version is currently not installed on the stationary computers in the Library.

Objectives

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Create a Mendeley account
  • Use Mendeley to discover and organise references
  • Use Mendeley for collaboration, and strengthening your research profile

 

Positives from previous participants

"The tips and tricks I wouldn't have found out without."

"Finding out how to collaborate using Mendeley"

 

Provided by: Library Services

Duration: 2 hours


RD116 - Visualise it! Your research in focus

A practical session covering the process of research. It will give the participants a chance to explore their research topics, and plan for the future, in a supportive environment. Anyone can join in, either in their first steps of defining a topic or to acquire a new fresh look on what their research and practices. The session was created with S&E PHD students in mind, but could also be useful for other Early Career Researchers. 

Objectives

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Creatively construct and/or explore a research topic
  • Identify skills needed to successfully conclude a research process
  • Plan for a successful completion of their research projects

Feedback from previous participants

"I learned how to take a bird's eye view of my project."

"It was a lot of fun!"

"It was good to talk to people doing a range of different projects and see their opinions."

"We get a better understanding of our research via the visualised way proposed during the session"

 

Provided by: Library Services

Duration: 2 hours


Bitesize Webinars 

Join our bitesize research skills webinar at the comfort of your desk. Open to everyone in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The only requirement is that you have an internet connection and are willing/able to participate for 10 minutes.
Will return in Autumn, or on demand.

Feedback from previous participants

"Exellent content delivery"

"Thank you for the very helpful and brief Web of Science Webinar"

 

 

Provided by: Library Services
Duration: 10 minutes
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